27th Annual Long Beach Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show Gets Underway the First Weekend in October

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harvest-festivalWhoever says that shopping isn’t good for your health needs to get to the Long Beach Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show October 1-3, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center where patrons can now benefit from free health screenings, free child ID fingerprinting, and more.

In addition to browsing the booths with over 24,000 American handmade originals, patrons won’t want to miss the opportunity to get a free health screening especially for attendees, courtesy of Pacific Hospital of Long Beach. Available at their booth throughout the weekend, at absolutely no cost, patrons can stop in for a blood pressure check, heart rate check, foot care, skin exam, abdominal exam, cardiac/respiratory exam, vision screening, calculate body mass index, or discuss risk factors for diseases.

Known as the west coast’s largest and finest indoor craft show, the showcase spectacular boasts hundreds of exhibits offering an exciting and affordable array of ceramics, paintings, jewelry, blown glass, hand woven clothing, photography, candles, woodwork, garden designs, specialty foods, antique treasures, children’s accessories, sculptures, ornaments, and much more. Bringing the best arts & craftspeople together under one roof makes the vast selection a “must not miss” opportunity to get a jump on the holidays. Vendors hail from 10 states, and attendees appreciate the opportunity to interact, get items personalized, or even learn some helpful tips through crafting demonstrations. Local talents have also found a platform to enrich their community.

Woodcarver Susan Lake of Cerritos has something special to add to the festive atmosphere. She’ll be hosting daily demonstrations that share her expertise and show why her holiday ornaments are so popular. As the master at transformation from natural elements, her hand-carved, hand-painted ornaments capture the imagination and whimsy of all the favorite seasonal celebrations. “Holidays are my inspiration,” says Lake, “My mother was an artist in several mediums, so at an early age I was exposed to the hard work and discipline required to be successful at it. I really found my passion when my husband bought me my first set of carving knives for Christmas.”

Born and raised in the Netherlands and now a resident of Long Beach, jewelry maker Elfried Somberg offers alternatives to non pierced earring lovers with her creative “Hang in There” ear cuffs and chains that complement the shape of the ear with fashionable designs that are both elegant and a comfort to wear. Says Somberg, “I’m inspired by nature and beaches, especially the ocean and the vivid colors I discover scuba diving. I try to translate that feeling into the pieces I create.”

While Laguna Niguel resident Danny Waller takes pampering to another realm with all-natural sugar scrubs, lip balms and soaps that are from formulas he developed similar to the fine art of wine crafting, Freddie Damo of Newport Beach serves up teriyaki and barbeque sauces reflective of his Hawaiian heritage where island flavors turn ordinary dishes into gourmet indulgences.

Beyond the extraordinary shopping experience and free health screenings, there’s even more to make the experience of the annual Long Beach Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show a true cause for celebration. Entertainment includes performances with Southern California’s multi-talented twosome “HyJinx 2.0,” and “Big Mama Sue Duo,” as well as the Scott Land marionettes. Strolling performers include mimes and stilt walkers.

The Long Beach Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show is October 1-3, 2010; Friday and Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802.

Tickets are just $9 for adults, $7 for seniors (62+), $4 for youths (13-17) and kids 12 and under are free. Information and advance tickets are available online, or 800.346.1212. The Long Beach Press Telegram is among the proud sponsors.

Alliances: Long Beach Museum of Art/Knots of Love/Kids Are 1st/Pacific Hospital of Long Beach

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